All the loyal Republicans of the Times editorial page have sounded off now and all have distanced themselves from the Romney trainwreck. Rats, sinking ship, etc. It's pretty stunning.
I can't wait to see the post-election "he was never the candidate I wanted" columns. As if Gingrich or Santorum would have been better.
It’s Still Halftime in America - NYTimes.com
Ann Romney promised, in her speech, that her husband “will not fail.” But she never said at doing what. That’s not an accident. As Paul Ryan demonstrated, he and his band of Ayn Randians will employ any lies needed to disguise their true agenda of dismantling the New Deal. Ryan implied that Obama had failed to save a General Motors plant that was actually closed under George W. Bush; he blasted Obama for not taking responsibility for our job and fiscal deficits, while not acknowledging a whit of G.O.P. responsibility for the Bush-era spending recklessness that dug these holes; Mitt Romney lashed out at Obama for leading from behind on foreign policy and then virtually ignored foreign policy in his speech. Almost every G.O.P. speaker boasted of their immigrant roots, while the party remains the biggest opponent of immigration reform. It was a festival of hypocrisy — without shame. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the lead Romney pollster, told critics. Say what?
But I bet one line in Ryan’s speech hit home with some undecided voters — when he said of Obama: “Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired.” Unlike Ryan, Obama is not giving speeches built on lies, but the truths that he’s telling are very small. He is neither running on his own record nor the promise of a new journey. As I’ve said, this is the first election ever where both men are running as “I’m not Mitt Romney.”
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Romney and Ryan denounced Obama for not touting “American exceptionalism.” That’s actually how a great country becomes unexceptional. You give up the great journeys and just assert your exceptionalism louder. Exceptionalism has to be earned by each generation, and, when that happens, it speaks for itself.
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